ZfinMalta Dance Ensemble to Tour the UK

Malta's premier contemporary dance company, the critically acclaimed ZfinMalta Dance Ensemble, will tour the UK for the first time in January and February 2017.

On February 9th and 10th the company will bring its DOUBLE BILL of work by celebrated choreographers Mavin Khoo, the company's Artistic Director, and ?finMalta Associate Choreographer Iván Pérez to the Sadler's Wells Lilian Baylis Studio. The two pieces - Kick the Bucket by Pérez, and Home by Khoo - are designed to take the audience on a journey of discovery, passion and intricate choreography and will be performed by an international cast of outstanding dancers. Individually and together, the DOUBLE BILL reflects the versatility of this exciting company's Euro-Mediterranean roots.

PROGRAMME DETAILS for Lilian Baylis Studio:
DOUBLE BILL: 75 minutes, no interval

Kick The Bucket (30 minutes) is a duet by Netherlands-based choreographer Iván Pérez with music by film composer Aaron Martin. Inspired by the work of Exchart Tolle - internationally acclaimed for his best-selling spiritual book The Power of Now - the piece searches for life's hidden meanings and uses the body to explore power dynamics in everyday relationships. Kick The Bucket is performed by Mavin Khoo and Gabin Corredor.

Home (45 minutes) by Mavin Khoo weaves a cinematic narrative through the life of a single man and asks the audience to reconsider the notion of home as a structural location of dwelling and whether our identity is constructed via constant navigation of social rules...

"I was interested in devising a work that looked at the idea of home as a metaphor to the identity construction of a single man's life journey," says Mavin Khoo. "Home follows the man through birth, childhood, love, tragedy and death and he is accompanied by seven other manifestations of his previous existences. The man's inner voice, the Protagonist, was recorded in Valletta, where we're based, by British actor Felix Brunger which gives the piece another vital dimension."

Full tour dates:

Triple Bill performed at:

January 26th Swansea, Taliesin Arts Centre www.taliesinartscentre.co.uk
February 2nd Derby Déda www.deda.uk.com
Double Bill performed at:
January 27th Birmingham, DanceXchange www.dancexchange.org.uk

February 1st Doncaster CAST www.castindoncaster.com

February 3rd Liverpool Capstone Theatre www.thecapstonetheatre.com

February 9th 10th London Sadler's Wells Lilian Baylis www.sadlerswells.com
Publicity: judy.lipsey@premiercomms.com 020 7292 8330

Artistic Director Mavin Khoo (left) is a critically acclaimed dancer and choreographer, rehearsal director for Akram Khan and founder of his own company mavinkhooDance. He was faculty member of the Dance Studies Department (School of Performing Arts) at the University of Malta and became Artistic Director of ?finMalta Dance Ensemble in 2014 for an agreed three year contract. Mavin will be leaving the company in July 2017 to pursue other international opportunities but will retain his connection with ?finMalta by becoming Associate Artist.

"We've seen a rapid progress for ?finMalta in relation to activities that fit our objectives," says the star of Bharata Natyam. "The creation of international work has always been of importance to the company and in the last two years we have toured Israel, Palestine, Malaysia, India, Belgrade, Slovenia and most recently Thailand thereby gaining global visibility. In my last year as Artistic Director, I am particularly excited about touring the UK in 2017. With my sustained history as a performer in Britain, it gives me tremendous pride to introduce this young, dynamic ensemble with exciting, innovative and relevant choreographic works. ?finMalta is committed to a deep search that goes beyond codified steps and choreography; it's a particular quality that is invested in striving for a depth that is emotional and pure; it can all sound abstract and intangible, but in reality it transmits itself in the performance space and through the dancers. It's one that is slowly becoming identifiable as a '?finMalta quality'."

Photo credit: Darrin Zammit Lupi

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